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Damascus Patterns - From Billet to Finished Product

When you're working with different Damascus patterns, it's not always obvious how the final project is going to work up.

As you work your Damascus blanks into finished pieces, the character of the patterns develops.

Damascus Patterns - Before and After

To help you plan your projects, we've compiled some before and after photos to show you how a pattern transforms from the raw billet to the finished product.

If you've worked with Vegas Forge Damascus steel or Mokume Gane, we'd love to see pictures of your finished pieces!

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Basketweave

Basketweave Damascus Steel Billet Basketweave Damascus Steel Billet

Basketweave Damascus steel works up beautifully for all kinds of projects. We've seen makers use Vegas Forge's basketweave Damascus for everything from weapons to jewelry, and even some toys.

Click on the images below to see the detail.

 

Diamondback

Diamondback Damascus Steel Billet Diamondback Damascus Steel Billet

Diamondback is a striking pattern that shows up differently depending on the way you work it. It's a stunning pattern for knife blades that are broad enough to show the intricate details. Just look at this example:

diamondback damascus steel patterns

 

Dot Matrix

Dot Matrix Damascus Steel Billet Dot Matrix Damascus Steel Billet

Dot Matrix is an unusual Damascus pattern with a modern, almost digital feel. Working with dot matrix gives you an opportunity to experiment and be creative, since the unique steel pattern gives a completely different look to even simple projects.

dotmatrix damascus patterns on knives

Fireball

Fireball Damascus Steel Patterns Fireball Damascus Steel Billet

Fireball is one of those Damascus patterns that transforms while you work it. The distinct twists and designs that are revealed during shaping add an extra layer of distinctness to your project.

We're fans of fireball patterned Damascus on knives, since the angled cutting edge takes on a slightly different appearance than other surfaces and creates a cool contrast.

Click on the images to enlarge and see the pattern detail.

Herringbone

Damascus Patterns from Vegas forge - Herringbone Billet Herringbone Damascus Steel Billet

Herringbone patterned Damascus from Vegas Forge is a fine, intricate design with an attractive ripple effect. It's a classic pattern that works well for a variety of projects, large and small.

On smaller pieces like pocket knives, herringbone Damascus steel is a great choice because the consistent and even pattern adds visual interest without detracting or distracting from other elements.

Damascus patterns from Vegas Forge - Herringbone Damascus Steel Pattern

Ladder

Damascus steel patterns from Vegas Forge - Ladder Ladder Damascus Steel Billet

The ladder pattern is another design that works well for a wide variety of projects.

It's more organic than geometric patterns like herringbone and diamondback, and it's more consistent than the most widely known random pattern. Ladder gives you the best of both worlds with its unique variations within a somewhat uniform pattern.

damascus patterns from Vegas Forge - ladder

Mokume Gane

Mokume Gane billet in the Ladder damascus pattern Mokume Gane billet in the Ladder pattern

Mokume Gane is available in a variety of patterns, just like our stainless and carbon Damascus.

Mokume doesn't contain any iron. An ancient art, it's made from a variety of precious metals that give the impression of wood grain. That's actually what Mokume Gane means - wood grained metal.

In ancient times, Mokume was used to make strong and beautiful swords, but today it's used for all kinds of projects. Click the images in the gallery below to enlarge them.

Raindrop

damascus patterns from Vegas orge - raindrop Raindrop Damascus Steel Billet

The raindrop Damascus pattern adds interest and an artistic flare to a variety of projects.

The nature of the pattern changes as you work the metal - take a look at the knife on the left to see how shaping and grinding have altered the pattern at the edges of the blade, and see how the contours on the handgun slide make the raindrop design ripple.

Click the images to enlarge them.

Random

Random Damascus Steel Patterns Random Damascus Steel Billet

Most of the time, when people think of Damascus steel patterns, this is what they picture.

This random pattern is the classic, rippling design you'll see on most finished Damascus projects. Revealing the unique character of each piece is part of the fun as you work.

Click the images below to see the full size versions.

Razorwire

Razorwire Damascus patterns Razorwire Damascus Steel Billet

Another distinctive pattern from Vegas Forge, razorwire is a Damascus pattern with an edgy touch. Especially when etched for a sharp contrast, the effect is striking.

Razorwire Damascus Steel Patterns

Reptilian

Reptilian Damascus Patterns Reptilian Damascus Steel Billet

As the name suggest, Vegas Forge's reptilian Damascus patterns resemble scaley, rippling reptile skin.

Depending on the way you work up your project, that resemblance can be magnified or diminished. Take a look at these finished pieces below to see how the reptilian pattern transforms. Click the images to enlarge.

Sharktooth

Sharktooth Damascus Patterns Sharktooth Damascus Steel Billet

For a Damascus steel pattern that is subtle, yet sharp, take a look at the sharktooth pattern. It isn't as bold as something like razorwire or reptilian, yet it's more aggressive than patterns similar to herringbone.

shrktooth damascus steel patterns

Spirograph

Spirograph Damascus Patterns Spirograph Damascus Steel Billet

For a Damascus pattern that's unique, complex, and truly stunning, take a look at spirograph.

This pattern is excellent for projects large and small. See how the pattern transforms in these pictures of different projects using spirograph Damascus - click on the images to see larger versions.

Typhoon

Typhoon Damascus Patterns Typhoon Damascus Steel Billet

Typhoon is similar to the raindrop pattern, but with more drama and irregularity.

Projects using typhoon Damascus look even more gorgeous with deep etching. Just look at the incredible contrast and texture in the knife on the left below. Click the images to enlarge.

Vines and Roses

Vines and Roses Damascus Steel Patterns Vines and Roses Damascus Steel Billet

Some Damascus steel patterns look more natural and organic than others, and vines and roses is one of those that captures the imagination.

The meandering and twirling pattern in this Damascus add plenty of visual interest to your metalworking projects.

damascus steel patterns

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